This competition section of the film festival introduces the first or second feature film of domestic and foreign women filmmakers. Integrating the existing Korean Competition and International Competition sections, audiences can experience the latest works from women filmmakers from the broad horizon of world movies. A total of 12 films with bold cinematic visions that go beyond the rules of genre and feature beautiful narrative composition open the door to a unique film world.
This competition section screens films made by Asian women filmmakers in the past year and awards the most outstanding film. This year, 19 films from a variety of Asian cultures will screen, with awards to support their future careers.
This new section highlights critically acclaimed works by 7 films by women filmmakers that have been released in theaters or produced last year and this year. While reconsidering the meaning of women-film-criticism, at the same time, it's important to consider how each role can connect with each other. By expanding the meaning of 'connection' into 'linkage', films by contemporary women filmmakers in Korean film history and be understood through more detailed discussions, linking the work not only with film criticism but also with discourses in other fields of arts and culture.
This section will screen films produced by women filmmakers, and women-themed films, from around the world. The films presented here examine the conditions that define and limit the lives of women from all over the world and the new perspectives and possibilities that exist, using the power of film to highlight important issues.
Translating Testimony and Verbal Statements - Discussing History of "Comfort-Women"-Related Movement
The Polemics section at Seoul International Women's Film Festival selects the most urgent women's agenda every year and arranges relevant film screenings and intensive discussions. This year's Polemics section screens 5 films crossing over ages and region under the theme of 'Translating, Testimony and Verbal Statement Translation.’
This section looks at the diversity of sexual orientation and how such diversity generates conflict and possibilities in different cultures and countries. In this year's Queer Rainbow section, films that observe lesbian romance and the different locality of queer life, as well as films that highlight the history of queer artists and lesbian fandom and popular culture, can be experienced and enjoyed.
This section screens films by Korean teenage female filmmakers. I-Teens presents 6 films that interpret the world seen through the eyes of teenage girls.
The 22nd Seoul International Women's Film Festival has prepared a special retrospective exhibition for Hong Kong filmmaker Ann HUI. Throughout her incredible 40year career, Ann HUI depictions of Hong Kong and the people who reside there has continued to fascinate, from the early social TV films that announced the arrival of Hong Kong's New Wave to the lives of ordinary Hong Kong people after the reversion of Hong Kong to China.
The program is a section dedicated to discovering and looking back on the history of women filmmakers and their respective works. The history of film is reconstructed through the perspective of women in 14-hour long documentary Women Filmmaker Films, which explores the early 1980s as well as independent Korean women's films of the 1990s.
There will be screenings of barrier free films designed for both the visually impaired and the hearing impaired to watch films in theaters. This year's Barrier Free Screening Approved for Adoption is directed by YOON Jong-bin, and actor GONG Yoo participated in the commentary.
The Ock Rang Award Film, a documentary production support program that began in 2002, presents its 18th work this year. A Farewell to Throwaway Life by director YU Hyemin, who was selected to receive production support by the Documentary Ock Rang Film Award last year, will have its world premiere.
Film × Gender, sponsored by the Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education (KIGEPE) and organized by the Seoul International Women's Film Festival, is a short film production support project. Every year, two short films that creatively engage with everyday gendered issues from the perspective of women filmmakers are selected to receive production support. This year, the festival will screen 2019 selections Frontman by SHIN Seungeun and Humming by OH JIsoo, and 2020 selections A Silent Night by KIM Boram and White Night by YEUM Moonkyoung.